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of his administration told congress the threat of a terrorist attack on u.s. soil is very real. so, we're following that. >>> also developing right now, house republicans about to unveil what they call their pledge to america. now, basically, this is a set of promises for what they'll do if they take over the house. 12 republican house lawmakers are at the tart lumber company in sterling, virginia. they'll roll out the pledge and talk to small business owners. luke russert is on capitol hill for us and, luke, give us the thumbnail sketch here. what is in this pledge? >> the pledge has to deal with five other areas. it has to deal with jobs, the economy, reforming congress and congress spending national security and some of the specific things you'll see in this pledge from the republicans today, they'll rule out the following. they want to reduce government spending and go back to 2008 levels that has to do with national security. they want to repeal the national health care law and mortgage giants fannie mae and freddie mac and they want to make the bush tax cuts permanent. those are
witnessed one or both of these collisions. george, can you hear us? >> i can hear you. >> what did you see? >> i was in a car driving up just gotten out of the battery tunnel driving north on west street when enormous explosion happened. and i think it was larger than a construction explosion. i looked out the window and what appeared to be an enormous tire smashed into the ground and i believe it hit the car to the right of me. it was just so scary. and there was also a ton of debris fall. i jumped out of the car and i ran south away from the building because i thought there would be further explosions. >> and have you seen anyone injured on the ground? >> a man next to me was hit by a piece of debris on his arm, and they said that someone had been badly hurt in a car ahead of me. i'm not certain if it was the car next to me. i can't verify that. all i can say is a lot of debris was falling. it was very confusing because everybody, i think, immediately assumed that a bomb had exploded and that sort of -- you know, had people thinking that furthe. bombs may explode. there was sort of a rus
in the world. all of the governments. >> held for one year, a u.s. hiker leaves iran and reveals a message to iran's president on her way out. and then doctors helpless and drugs not working. a new super bug threat growing in the united states. it's origin, and the states that are getting hit. hello, everyone. i'm richard lui in for chris jansing at nbc headquarters. we have two breaking stories i want to share with you first. take you to tennessee where an explosion there at a plant that makes flairs for the military. that is toone in tennessee. it's about 75 miles due east of memphis, if you're familiar with that area. this is in the southwest part of the state. it's unclear, according to the latest information that we've got in terms of how many people have been hurt. we have been listening to local affiliate. it's reporting multiple ambulances and helicopters were sent to the scene. we hope to get the pictures for you very soon. stay with us. we'll monitor that and get you the latest information. we're also watching this breaking story from amsterdam. we go to where a u.s. pilot was ar
started before 8:00 this morning and according to what police are telling us, they brought a person, this hostage, from somewhere else to the bank. what does all this tell you? >> well, chris, first of all, my background is as an fbi agent and haostage negotiator and i have been involved in bank hostage situations in the past. when they bring someone to the bank it suggests probably one of two things. number one, they had kidnapped someone, the robbers, whoever they are, had kidnapped someone and were trying to force him or her to get money out of the bank's atm. we call those rapid robberies or quick robberies sometimes. the second is that it may be someone who either works for the bank or who is known at the bank and they used that person to get into the bank at 8:00, realized the bank doesn't open until 9:00. but if they get in at 8:00, that would really give the robbers, unfortunately, inside the bank before customers would start to come. as you know, chris, banks also have television, tv sets and, of course, msnbc is aware of that and i think will be very guarded in anything we
to the u.s. coast. and that's not the only one out there. cop rsus cop then. two groups out today that share a lifetime of law enforcement experience. but they are very different views on whether it's time for california and other states to make smoking pot legal. >>> and then a sexy sports reporter, some says, says members of the new york jets that w ent too far in her coverage. the team under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations just hours before they take the field for the first time game, or the first game of the season. all at this coming hour. hello, everyone. i'm richard lui in for chris jansing on this monday. live from nbc world headquarte in new york. first breaking news that just came in within the last hour. the case of accused christmas day bomber, abdulmutallab. pete williams is all over that one. tell us what happened at the hearing today. somewhat surprising for some. >> it was. he's basically borrowing a page from the terrorismth trial of t man originally accused of being the 21st hijacker. in fact, what happened is abdulmutallab today told a federal judge, yo
terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
here, thomas, with the individual. again, they're using the word individual at this moment in the briefing we're just listening to. they were not using the word suspect. that just getting into us within the last five to seven minutes for you. >> what we understand, this is right by the university of miami. a popular bank branch for the students. >> very popular. just to show you how close it is. i'll show you this map right here. this is the bank according to google maps. this is the university of miami right here. 150 yards separate them. to get a sense of how crowded this area is. you have hear a terrace inn and cereal bowl another place and very residential. so, very much an area that is very well populated and used. at the moment, very difficult. you can see from this tower cam how busy, again, the traffic is as they have cordoned off that area. >> richard, stay with me, we're doing great stuff. we will bring in clint, an msnbc analyst and also a chief hostage negotiator with the fbi. he joins us now by the telephone now. clint, what do you think of the situation right
towards us, we expect to see the rain by 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon getting heavier as the day wears on. w we expect earl parallel to the outer banks. just about 2:00, 3:00 tomorrow morning and as it continues up the coast to the jersey shoreline and then new england, we expect it might possibly make landfall along to nantucket where it juts out. it doesn't have to make landfall to cause major problems. it is moving forward at 18 miles per hour. that will increase the possibility of storm surge where you get most of the damage through the storm surge, but we look for heavy rains, high winds and, again, hurricane force winds extend out 90 miles from the center of the storm. so you don't have to make landfall to get major impact from this hurricane. we'll continue to monitor it and there will be an update coming up from the national hurricane center within the hour. more details for you. >> thanks very much, al. let's get over to meteorologist bill karins. i can tell you fraught talking to al earlier, those winds have picked up where he is. what are things looking like right now? >> i am
the best bits together for you. >> i believe they should say give us two more years to do this. if it doesn't work, you can throw us all out. we have an election two years, we near a deep hole, couldn't get going in time. that's what we all ought to be willing to judge what does and does not empower other people. the republicans have now given us their plan. and they've been pretty straightforward all along. i'll give it to them. they said vote for us, we'll repeal health care, oversight, the student loan reform. we want to begin to privatize social security and medicare and whatever else they said -- the other things they said here. i think that the democrats ought to put on one card -- no more than five and no fewer than three things that will be their priorities. we still have a chance here. we have 30 days to have an honest debate. we ought to do it. so far this election has been about stuff that's not going to affect people's lives very much. >> a certain former president said he was the most superior expresident because he was the one involved day in and day out in doing things across
if kerry can hear us at this point either. but again, this is this pastor terry jones. he's planning, as he say, to burn the koran. i think we've worked out the audio. let's listen in. >> i believe what has sometimes escaped the news media, we have also received quite a bit of support. just yesterday we got a phone call from a retired special force green beret, delta force. it's his opinion that people from the field, the special forces he told us are ç100% behind us. he was saying that it was there in yugoslavia when the radical muslims, and that is the element that we are aiming at. that is the element that we want for them to back down. he said he was there in yugoslavia when they burnt down 150 churches. he said he was there as a three-story building that was a hospital, a three-story building full of christians was burnt to the ground, and they were allowed to do nothing. because of international pressure, because of policies. they were allowed to do nothing. our military men who are trained to rescue lives, to save lives, to protect our country stood in front of a three-story hospit
on cell phone use be behind the wheel be on the way? we'll take a look at all that stuff this morning and developing right now, nbc news confirmed that nine u.s. troops are dead after a predawn helicopter crash in afghanistan. jong yang is live in kabul. >> that's right, thomas. the taliban quickly made phone calls to news organizations, including nbc news, here in kabul to claim responsibility. to say that they shot this helicopter down. the military says not so. they say there was no reports of, no reports of any enemy fire before the crash, before the helicopter went down. the taliban often exaggerates its role and claims responsibility for things that actually turn out to be accidents and, actually, most helicopter crashes here in afghanistan have turned out to be accidents. maintenance issues, also the dust that fills the air here just grinding up the helicopters and their rotors. this was in zabul province. a province in southeastern afghanistan. an area where the taliban is in control of a lot of the territory. it's next to kandahar province and a name people are more familiar.
with breaking news this morning. a u.s. woman being held in iran is finally free. andrea mitchell will report live for us from tehran. >>> folks across the country, specifically in seven states and the nation's capital, they're heading to the polls today. of course, it is silly season between the democrats and the republicans. >> oh, i'm melting. >> john boehner opposes funding for government jobs. jobs for teachers, for cops for firefighters. >>> also, meet the high school football player who nearly died after scoring a game-winning touchdown. >>> then, men versus women. who is more likely to wash their hands after using the bathroom? we got some results for you an odd survey that might surprise you. >>> good tuesday morning, i'm richard lui filling in for chris jansing. u.s. citizen sarah shourd just released from a prison in iran. she was being held there for more than a year. iran granting $500,000 bail for shourd because of health reasons. it's not known if the bail is already paid. the family says they could not afford it and the u.s. says it would not pay for it. now, we'll head live t
that it took us a decade to get into the problem that we're in right now. "the wall street journal" came out with a report based on census information that the years from 2001 to 2009, the middle class actually saw their wages decline by 5%. this is before the financial crisis. so these have been some long-term trends of the middle class having a lot of problems out there. what we've got to do now is to reverse it. but something that took ten years to create is going to take a little more time to solve. >> i've heard you give that turnaround message you just gave many times. >> right. >> let me ask about your assessment of the challenge and communicating that to the american people. we all identify with people like ourselves. do you think it's possible that because of your style or the unusual things about your background, your racial heritage, where you grew up, ivy league education, that the fearful voters who are about to go to the polls in november think, yes, i hear him, he may get it intellectually, but he doesn't feel what i'm feeling. >> here's my suspicion. i think when the unemploy
with the newest winner. christine o'donnell. she staged a disdcisive upset in the u.s. senate race in delaware. state party leaders said this woman couldn't get elected dogcatcher and karl rove dismissed her as nutty. the national republican party is promising campaign money and even the vice president has a warning to democrats. >> i wouldn't sell short these candidates. i think that in my state, this new republican candidate is going to have an awful lot of money. i think you're going to see it pouring in and the third party operations, we'll take it very, very seriously. big mistake not to take it seriously. >> nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is in washington for us. kelly, good morning. this is really fascinating and a new poll out today showing americans, basically, don't know who the tea party is. about the same number have favorable and unfavorable views but an awful lot of people are undecided and you sort of wonder if the real selling point they have is simply change. the same way it was two years ago. people aren't happy and this is a group that offers something d
to get up. you still don't want to do it. can i read it? let me read it this en. tony danza joins us live to talk about the year he spent teaching and why it took him to tiers. i'm richard lui in for chris jansing. those stories in a moment. we begin with breaking news we're following on many fronts. to start t latest on a story that's been developing over the past few hours. former president jimmy carter has just been released from a hospital. taken there after falling ill on a flight on his way to a book signing. the former president, who is 85 years old, had an upset stomach and upon arrival was taken to metro health hospital for observation. he's been allowed to lead and is expected to continue his book tour this week. the eiffel tower evacuated again, police clearing the landmark and the surrounding park after a bomb threat around 9:00 p.m. local time at the moment. this is the second threat in two weeks at the tower. other parts of paris have received call-in threats. all have been false alarms. texes are high in trance, where the security alert is at high levels over fears of a pos
of investing that in the country use that to create debt and credit for poor people. so, the idea was, we'll take the pensions of the americans, the teachers, the judges, all this sg. >> all the states across the country. >> and we'll take that money and make it into credit card loans and home loans and this comes out of in 1999. that's the president financial markets and that's when the decisions were made for all the things we talked about since then. larry summers is central to that decision and this will be the most efficient, economic system ever because all that dormant middle class money will be used now in our economy. an interesting idea, the fact of the matter is, it has resulted in the largest transfer of wealth in the history of any country ever from a group of people in the country, all the american taxpayers, to a very small group of wealthy individuals who effectively took control -- >> 1% or 2%. >> less than 1% or 2%. i'm talking about a few hundred, a few thousand people tops who were in a situation where they were in charge of the credit casino that larry summers and bob
, these are the principals that have guided us over the last 19 months. and these are the principals that form the basis of the additional economic proposals that i offered this week. because even though the economy is growing again and we've added more than 750,000 private sector jobs this year, the whohole the recession left is huge and progress has been painfully slow. millions of americans are still looking for work. millions of families are struggling to pay their bills or the mortgage. so, these proposals are meant to both accelerate job growth in the short term and strengthen the economy in the long run. these proposals include a more generous permanent extension of the tax credit that goes to companies for all the research and innovation that they do here in america. and i propose that all american businesses should be allowed to write off all the investments they do in 2011. this will help small businesses upgrade their plants and equipment and will encourage large corporations to get off the sidelines and start putting their prof toots wots to work i economy. we also announced a six-year plan
claims iran may be financing attacks by the taliban against u.s. interests in afghanistan. according to the sunday times in london, taliban militants are getting paid thousands to carry out these attacks. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul with the latest. tom with a good day to you, what can you tell us? >> well, the british sunday times says one of its reporters has met with a taliban treasurer from wardak province west of kabul who makes regular trips into kabul to go to five iranian construction companies which then give him cash to carry back to the shadowed governor of wardak province, who distributes the money to taliban fighters. they each get paid about $200 a month and are given a bonus of a thousand dollars if they kill an american and $6,000 if they destroy an armored vehicle belonging to the americans. now the "sunday times" says these companies have been in existence about six months, take money from foreign donors, for reconstruction projects, send the profits back to tehran by the banking system and return some of the money to kabul to be distributed to the taliban treasure
and exceeding in high levels. don't tell me that these issues are going to stop us from succeeding. we can no longer make excuses in america for the appalling failure we're seeing in so many of our school systems across the country. >> is mark zuckerberg going to be hands-on with money he's handing off? >> he said clearly, i'm a business leader, i'm not an education specialist. i want to put the money in, i'm going to hold you accountable for the results we discussed, but he's not going to be in the mix. he's a great man who said my business i hire great leaders to get the job done. i found the city, he thought and the governor, frankly, committed to my values and he believes he can bring it home. he's not from newark. he has no relationship to our city but a lot of things of newark he believed, leadership at the state level, city level, also the local level, signs of success that we've had, innovations go on that are already extraordinary, that he wanted to be involved with. >> you heard the mayor of new york city take on teacher union say we are going to eliminate tenure, base it on meri
much in new mexico for us. >>> to one of the stories we're following all this week. one of the critical issues facing the public education today. the growing number of students who quit school even before graduating. a child drops out of school every 11 seconds. that's right. five kids will drop out of school in the united states before we finish reading this guest introduction. a quarter of u.s. students do not graduate from high schools. the class of 2009 dropouts will cost the united states $335 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivit productivity. today on msnbc, two of the most outspoken foot soldiers on education colin powell and his wife talk about the crisis. listen. >> 70% of the youngsters in the cohea coert will not be accepted into the army because they don't have a high school education or even with a high school education, they can't pass our basic, entry-level exam. >> no one entity can take care of all of these needs. it takes all of us saying it takes a village. it takes a village, it takes a community. >> joining us as part of our education nation coverage. execut
of dollars and shazad turned around and used that cash to pay for the vex, for the materials used in that failed bombing attempt and that the money, as investigators have discovered, comes from the pakistan taliban. but nowhere to investigates believe that mohamed unis knew where this money was coming from or what it was going to be used for. if convicted, this charge carries a five year prison term. he did not know about the bomb plot, but he did meet with shazad and provided that money transfer. >> has he been providing money to other people? >> yes. there's at least one other man, a new jersey man who came that same month and was provided thousands of dollars. it is unclear the nature of where that money originated from and the investigation certainly continues into this individual. as you know, there were people in boston and in main and in south jersey that the fbi conducted searches and raids and several people were picked up on immigration charges, but this is the first case where there are clarnlgs related to the money transfer. >> jonathan, thank you. >> thank you. >>> we
for our schools at the time of crisis for our country. follow us on twitter. up next, tom brokaw right here. >>> held loaf. i would like to welcome you to our education nation summit. it's our children, our grandchildren. representing nothing less than our future and the 3.1 million teachers in the united states, those who help meld our children into future businessmen, engineers, politicians, teachers, whatever we are begins in the american classroom, but there is a problem just over the horizon. many of our teachers and principals are part of the baby boom generation. in fact, a study conducted by the national commission on teaching and the future found more than one many of our nation's veteran teachers and principals will be retiring over the next decade. a wave of retirlt expected to reach its peak sometime during this school year. so today we're going to talk about solutions to this this problem. joining me here at rockefeller center is secretary of education arne duncan. how he hopes to fill the classrooms with a new generation of educators. over the next hour the secretary will
30 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed. >>> great to have you with us, everybody. just weeks before the midterm elections both republicans and democrats are trying to figure out whether the tea party movement will help or hurt them. there's so much discontent over the economy and high unemployment that americans are telling us in poll after poll that the status quo just won't work any more. in the politco george washington battleground poll only 28% said the country was headed in the right direction. 63% said it was on the wrong track. a brand-new poll out today gives us insights as to how they're feeling about the tea party. chief washington correspondent nora nor norah o'donnell joins me now. tell me what it gives us as we're heading into november. >> it reflects what we've seen in our poll, a lot of americans are fed up with the direction of this country. they don't trust washington. they don't trust big institutions. and they want change. and then you see segments of the voting population that not only want change, but they are mad as hell and that
than get back? >> no. at this point, we did have one officer that pushed us back. i said well, how far do we need to go? she said back to georgia avenue. i asked what about on the other side of the building. she indicated this is a fluid situation from her perspective, at least, and they're taking action in terms of keeping the public away as they deem it's necessary. >> sure, that's a tall -- i mean, that's a towel building. a lot of vantage points fros f inside that building. >> we were trying to do a count. it looks like it's about a 12 to 14-story building at least. it's a massive, as we said, complex there. this is their worldwide headquarters in downtown silver spring. we hadn't seen cars, then i saw two or three. it's kind of tough to see from this vantage point, but i did see some movement turning on to this main avenue there, georgia avenue, which we've seen is shut down. >> people need to know don't go anywhere near this area at this point. it's at the epicenter of silver spring, the cross roads there. the beltway is not far up the street there. the district line is a couple
, it turns out this is important to us. what i've said to prime minister netanyahu is that given so far the talks are moving forward in a constructive way, it makes sense to extend that moratorium so long as the talks are moving in a constructive way. because, ultimately, the way to solve these problems, is for the two sides to agree what's it going to be, israel? what's it going to be, the state of palestinian. and if you can get that agreement, then you can start constructing anything that the people of israel see fit. in undisputed areas. now, i think the politics for prime minister netanyahu are very difficult. his coalition, i think, there are a number of members of his coalition who said we don't want to continue this. and one of the things that i've said to president abbas is, you've got to show the israeli public that you are serious and constructive in these talks so that the politics for prime minister netanyahu, if he were to extend the settlements moratorium, would be a little bit easier. and, you know, one of the goals i think that i've set for myself and for my team is to
. bill karins tracking this storm very closely for us and how does it look right snow. >> the storm weakened from a category 4 to a 3. looks like we're going through another burst of intensification. you can see it right there. a clearing of an eye and that is usually the storm is tightening itself up and the winds will increase slightly during the day today. warm water out ahead of it and we do not expect much more weakening by the time it gets out towards north carolina. the hurricane hunter aircraft is just on its way in. now the next storm, the next hurricane hunter aircraft will be in there probably another three hours from now. until then we'll have to look and get estimates on the satellite of how strong earl is. the wind field 125 mi-mile-per-r winds. as we go into friday, our computer models, we have been watching these closely. when you see the pink line to the right, that would be a hard-glancing blow. the line all the way to the left in the blue would be huge problems. we'll end up with something in the middle and that's what the hurricane forecast is as of now. cat 3 to
won't wait for the political play book to be handed to us from high from the elites that may take renegades going rogue to get us there. it may take folks shaking it up to get there. >> reporter: so, alex, she is perhaps the most powerful person in the republican party now. certainly with the conservative base. she goes to iowa. everybody wants to know, will she or won't she? it's the question we have asking for quite some time now. she laughed it off in her speech. that morning she was in the hotel room lacing up her sneakers getting ready to go for a jog. todd said don't do that because the headline tomorrow is palin runs in iowa. she wasn't tipping her hand. she has that popularity. some say she's to polarizing a figure. she's got no backing on the left. the middle is lukewarm toward her. some republicans have their doubts. but, sarah palin really brought down the house last night in iowa. alex. >> are you surprised? it's a rhetorical question. i know, no. she has that effect on people that come to see her. >> reporter: she does. >>> people in afghanistan have gone to the polls
. but they do extend, big waves for many miles. the eye of the storm is disappearing on us. we could be undergoing an eyewall replacement cycle and that may not have time to fully wind back up. now the waves are probably the biggest story with this storm. the beach erosion is going to be incredible. we have 14-foot waves off of hatteras, 13-foot waves off of wilmington. the wave action is going to be incredible going all the way up the east coast to cape cod during the day tomorrow. hurricane warnings cape cod, hurricane warnings from virginia beach southward to just outside of jacksonville, north carolina near camp lejeune. as far as our commuter models go, everything is taking it offshore at this point. the only close call is out there at nantucket, martha's vineyard, chatam. it should be a category 3 and then a category 2 by the time it's south of new england, weakening to a category 1 as it impacts either down east maine, they're probably going to get hit good saturday morning. the tropical storm force winds, the worst where stephanie is located, and then as everyone drives to wo
miklaszewski joins us now. describe his actions that brought him to the recognition of superiors. >> reporter: contessa, sergeant j unta's story leaps off the pages. he joined the army straight out of high school in cedar rapids in the heart of the nation's farm belt and three years ago he was involved in an action, platoon was on patrol about midnight on a bright moonlit night and they were ambushed by taliban fighters. he himself was knocked to the ground knocked in the chest by two enemy bullets and leaped to his feet to run right into the hail of gun fire. throwing grenades and shooting all the way. he found one of the fellow soldiers wounded being dragged away by two taliban fighters. he killed one of those taliban the other taliban made a flight away. and then he temporarily dragged that soldier to safety. unfortunately, that soldier later died and another soldier died in that action but for his heroics, the white house announced last week that sergeant giunta that joined at 18 years old would be awarded the medal of honor in probably late octobe
developed economies? well, u.s. students ranked 24th in matt, 17th in science. and number 10 in literacy. 77% of americans give public schools a grade of "c" or lower. 58% believe major changes or a complete overhaul is needed. arne duncan weighed in today on andrea mitchell reports. >> somewhere along the line in the country, we lost our way. the teaching profession has been beaten down. sometimes it's been stigmatized. we have to recruit the next generation of extraordinary talent who wants to come in and has the courage to challenge the status quo and give every child in the country a chance for the great education they deserve. >> one of the dynamics to the statistic es we just gave is one of the biggest problems that many students face in the classroom, and sometimes outside from the schoolyard to restroom stalls. in some schools there's little escapes from threatens of violence and drugs. there's ha national survey out of columbia university that shows more than one in four students, age 12 to 17, attend schools which are both gang and drug dominated. let's bring in blair taylor. how d
people, the american people will want to work with us to come to grips with these challenges that face our country. it's about having that adult conversation an honest, open way, that will help get us the answers to lay out the plan that will solve this problem once and for all. >> congressman bill cassidy is a physician and a republican from louisiana who was a key member of today's roll out. congressman, as you know going into this republicans thought it wasn't a good idea to do this. i didn't hear specifics from john boehner. e read through the pledge. can you tell us how specifically you are going to cut spending? how republicans are going to make these changes? i didn't see them in there. >> one thing we can say about the reform, the congressional budget office says that will save $54 billion over ten years. that is a specific we would implement without having an immediate impact. >> where are the changes in entitlement programs? are the mentions of the cost of war in afghanistan and iraq? >> let me start with the entitlement programs. the day after the president signed the health
. >> the swiss who have been negotiating for her release, but there's no confirmation yet from the u.s. government which, of course, is not represented here. it's frankly a confusing day because there are reports that she was being released. we heard at first, but then there was paperwork to be done. there are reports, richard, that money was paid. >> we have just had a statement from the mother of sarah shourd, she said i hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and i cannot wait to wrap sarah in my arms. she goes on to say i can only imagine how bitter sweet her freedom is for her leaving shane and josh behind. she was hiking with josh fattal and shane bauer near the iraq/iran border. they remain in custody. ali arouzi is there right now. do you know what is in store for josh and shane? >> we got a report from the judiciary that their custody will be extended by two months. that may seem ominous, but that's the first time the authorities put a time frame on their jail time. they never said how long they will keep them for. they never formally charged them. today the chief prosec
. it's quite obvious it's not just the islamic world that is concerned about this. theç u.s. military leaders are concerned enough they have raised the ante by speaking about it, pulling off the effort here by addressing it. their concerns is when the korans are burned it may cause americans in uniform danger in other parts of the world. the burning of the koran is a catalyst to starting more unprovoked violence again americans in uniform. i asked the pastor here about that. what would he think, if he burned these korans and an american was targeted. this is what he had to say. >> yeah, of course. we would feel terrible. that would be a disaster. that would be beyond words. but we are not responsible for that. why don't we point the finger where it belongs. they point the finger at us. why don't we point the finger at them, the people who did it. >> will he burn the korans, that's the big question. i asked him that. he did say this was a message from god for him to burn them. perhaps he'll get another message from his god telling him not to burn them. then, of course, there's the city
channel meteorologist scott williams joins us now live in the studio. good morning to you, scott. another storm? >> absolutely, veronica. this is the eighth named storm of the 2010 season and its name is hermine. it could bring some problems along the texas coast. right now, as we take a look at the slaert perspective you can see the deep convection right now in the southern gulf of mexico. that will bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding as we move into the lone star state. not only for your labor day but as we move through the middle part of the week as well. you can see the rain bands continuing to come in around corpus christi and eventually into houston. not everything you see making it to the ground. as we expand the view across the nation here on this labor day, a few light sprinkles around the great lakes and also into the northern plains. as we move into florida looking for some scattered showers and some thunderstorms for today. so over the next 48 hours, look at the heavy rainfall. that bull's-eye in south texas upwards of 10 inches before all is said and done with this tropical
survived this terrible crash. these are the pictures coming into us. the plane was trav there is no word on what caus this crash. >>> and legalized recreational marijuana could become a reality in california. on election day residents will vote on proposition 19 which will take away criminal penalties for people 21 an older for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. former dea administrator says it will be a big mistake. >> safety in the streets will be jeopardi jeopardized, on the highways, in the workplace, everywhere. proposition 19 is simply a to pathway, not to dice, but to disaster. >> nbc news correspondent pete williams joins us live. that's one side of the argument. what is the other side saying? >> the other side is number one, the war on drugs is a large failure, especially as it has police cracking down on the u.s. use of marijuana, which isn't worth the effort. 400,000 people in california use it legally. many more us it illegally. they also say if california were they could marijuana tax it. and former officials of mexico say california were to do this it would put
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
>>> and a serial killer action figure on sale at toys "r" us. it is a fictional tv character dexter, but fiction or not, a serial killer doll for kids? >>> and former usc star running back reggie bush could become the first player to ever be stripped of a heisman trophy, not even o.j. simpson had his taken away. >>> and tomorrow the president continues talking about the economy, and taking his message on the road to cleveland. that's where he'll outline some major tax breaks to motivate businesses to start hiring and spending money on research and development. just yesterday, the president announced a $50 billion plan to rebuild and expand roads, railways, and runways. but even these new proposals, the white house are staying far away from calling it a second stimulus. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house. i imagine they're avoiding calling it a stimulus because of the critics and what they'll get in backlash, but robert gibbs was asked about it repeatedly today. >> reporter: we asked him about it. it was one of the occasions where the white house press secretary seems to ti
jolie told reporters, i have no words. leaders from the state department and the u.s. military to the head of his laumic society of north america are also calling on pastor terry jones to reconsider. >> i'm heartened by the clear, unequivocal of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> top u.s. commanders in afghanistan were warn the koran building could put u.s. soldiers at risk. kerry sanders is at the site in gainesville, florida. what is going to go on saturday? is this group going to still burn the koran? are they able to do it? >> this is called the dove outreach center and the pastor jones, as you mentioned, has a congregation maybe of 50. they claim they're going to gather in the field here in front of the chunrch and they'r going to set up a stage and make speeches and then they're going to take the korans, which they have already purchased. some they say were donated. they're going to put them, they say, into a pit, light them on fire and burn them. but there are hurdles that they're going to have to clear tha
. >> i suspected you would say that. while it's not the wording that you've used in criticizing this pledge, again, they're not getting the traction. i know you love to call sarah palin sister sarah. i'm curious to see if she'll defend the pledge. she did not mention the really party in the new web ad, talking about this tea party movement. to our knowledge we didn't hear a lot of touting of the tea party as the republican members of the house talked about this pledge to america. >> look who has done well. christine o'donnell came out of nowhere and knocked off an established republican. this fellow paladino is beating up cuomo mercifumercifully. he's not out there putting out a program. he's going after them. he's on the offensive. in politics, this democrats have a fortress they have to defend. they have a record. you can attack any direction. you call the time and place. instead of going out there and staying on the defensive, they build their own fortress. now the democrats are attacking them. so you have us, you have jim clyburn and other fellows in a big argument with the
. >>> planes, trains and automobiles. will president obama's $50 billion take us to more prosperous times. >>> more controversial plan to burn korans on 9/11. >>> steven slater made a grand exit off that jetblue airplane. today he faces the judge. >>> plus -- >> the guy i fell in love with was a hard-working alaskan man that didn't want to wear straight-legged jeans and boots and be chased by radar and those kinds of people. >> what until you hear what else crystal palin is saying about her baby daddy levi johnson. >>> i'm chris jansen live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. eight weeks to go until the pivotal midterm elections, more voters are fed up with the mapa tower, the president, the economy. it's unprecedented and could lead to a republican tidal wave in november. republicans have nine-point advantage over democrats among likely voter ersvoters. now the president has unveiled a new plan for new roads and bridges and took shots at republicans in the process. >> they drove our economy into a ditch, and we got in there and put on our boots and we pushed and we shoved and we w
>>> tensions running high in europe right now over fears of a possible tror attack and is the u.s. at risk, too? >>> plus, a super soaker. tropical depression number 16 dwumping on a ton of rain on florida right now and then expected to head right up the east coast. >>> bristol palin's ex meets our own lawrence o'donnell. this one you want to see, believe me. >>> good wednesday morning, i'm chris jansing. live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. well, with the potential republican takeover of congress breathing down his neck, a newly energized and clearly fired up president obama is back on the road and he's got an awful lot at stake. this is the barack obama that fired up an electorate and took the white house. >> the prediction among the pundits is, this is going to be a blood letting for democrats. that's what they're saying in washington. we can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. the stakes are too high for our country and for your future and i'm going to get throughout and fight as hard as i can and i know you are, too
meteorologist jeff morrow joins us from washington, d.c. jeff, you're getting pounded and you don't have an umbrella and it's not a good day out there. >> yeah, it's not a good day to be a meteorologist, at least one that's standing out in the rain anyway, tamron. it's been raining on and off and at times it becomes lighter and we just had a heavy downpour move through here and we weren't sure we could do the shot with you and cleared up just enough. it was pouring here about a minute or two ago. still coming down hard and there have been some localized flooding areas for instance, i don't know if anybody out there is familiar with the d.c. area but virginia avenue has been closed between 21 and 25th street because of some flooding and some other streets around here, as well. again, i'm on connecticut avenue, if you go that way, it's headed towards the city itself and there are some underpasses here like behind me where connecticut avenue drops down behind dupont circle and it's in the underpasses where oftentimes you get a lot of the water ponding and sometimes those have to be closed.
, and we pushed and we shoved and we were sweating, and these guys were standing, watching us and sipping on a slurpee. and they were pointing at us, saying, how come you're not pushing hard enough? >> nbc news white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins me live from the white house. savannah, we've heard the line before essentially, the gop is the party of no, they're the ones that got us into this mess. but clearly if you look at this poll, voters aren't buying it. what is the white house strategy? >> reporter: well, it's really interesting, because they've framed this whole argument as this is an election about a choice, the choice between poll sills sys of the past, which polls show continue to be very unpopular, or president's policies. but the problem for the white house and our poll really put the fine point on it, i think it's something like 58% of people in our poll say they believe republicans would have new ideas and wouldn't go back to the bush policies, so what's interesting is, this is the very argument that the president has been making for several months now, since ea
that responsibility. to use those resources properly. to rebuild their country and establish some kind of democratic government there in iraq. you know, he also pointed out, however, that since the u.s. military will remain there for some time, he's still optimistic that all of the u.s. military could be out by the end of 2011 and pointed out that if that were to change, the iraqis would be the ones that would have to change it and gates himself doesn't think that would be politically viable for the iraqis to do that. and, finally, when asked if the war was worth it, gates, actually, thought about this for a minute before saying, look, the problem is no matter how much success the u.s. military may have had, how much success the u.s. government will have in the coming months in helping put together some kind of democratic institutions there in iraq, the war itself will always be clouded by the fact that the u.s. went to war on an invalid proposition that saddam hussein had the weapons of mass destruction. >> all right, nbc jim mic miklaszewski at the pentagon for us. thank you, mik. >> you bet. >>>
, luke. keep us posted and let us know. >> will do. >> when we get a final tally on the vote. i want to bring in rachel maddox. as you know, a couple of the waivering republicans said you've got to give us a little more room for amendments here. harry reid said no. this is the result. >> well, there's a couple of things. first of all, it's a historic decision to filibuster the defense reauthorization bill. this is something that has passed 48 times in 48 years. it just passes. this is one of the things that just passes. and that's why actually you've seen over the years lots of amendments, lots of things passed that are attached to this. originally when don't ask, don't tell was instituted, it was passed as an amendment to this bill. in 2007, we saw republican senator orrin hatch attach the dream act to this bill. some of john mccain's campaign finance provisions have been attached to this bill. so republican objections that they are very upset about democratic amendments to this are a little strange, given how many amendments republicans have attached to it. also harry reid's office
associated with this situation. and as you mentioned, here's how it all started. the fbi is telling us that earlier today this bank teller was kidnapped from his home near kendall by three robbers who strapped a suspected bomb to his chest and brought him here to this bank of america where he works and got money from him. once they got what they needed, they got what they wanted, they took off in a stolen red ford mustang. police are now actively searching for them as we speak. as for the teller, incredibly, tamron, he's okay at this hour. the device was taken off of him. he was led out of the bank at about 11:30 today. at this point police are not releasing his identity, and they are still questioning him because they're not quite ready to say whether he was innocent in all of this or whether he may have been involved in some way. the suspected bomb was left inside the bank, and authorities have deemed it safe. thankfully, nobody was hurt here today, and no other employees here were held hostage. three robbers who strapped a bomb to this bank teller's chest and stole money from this b
information for us. bob? >> reporter: katie, i was just thinking as you commented there about the various planes involved. the one that we know of so far, because it's confirmed by american airlines, is that that flight 11 which had been scheduled from boston's logan airport to los angeles,that flight 11 was hijacked this morning. and it is presumed that that may thatbeen one of the planes went into one of the towers of the world trade center. there were at least two more planes involved in this because the other tower was hit. and then the pentagon was also there were eyewitness accounts th it was a plane that went into the pentagon. but so far we don't know the sources of those planes, whether they were commercial planes that had been hijacked, whether they were private planes, whether they had been hijacked at all. and i would point out the report from somerset county, pennsylvania, is so far just local authorities commenting. the faa has not confirmed that crash. so we're waiting to hear more, and i'm hearing just now -- >> bob -- confirming, so this adds to those earlier rumors, tha
to you. >> stay with us throughout the day for more of education nation. it's our week long look at the nation's schools. jenna bush hager will talk about seed schools and the impact they have on inner city students. my big question, who is to blame for the problems in schools? the government, teachers, unions or parents? you can find me on twitter, facebook or e-mail. democrats also hope the surge of the tea party will fire up their own core voters. contributor jonathan cape heart is an editorial writer. we see the big rallies and tea party conservative rallies. john stewart and stephen colbert planning their own counter rallies. when you see that enthusiasm on the conservative side, does it ignite passion in the progressives? >> i think progressives in particular and speaker pelosi and harry reid hope that's the case, but the progressives are in a bit of a danger here in caricaturing the tea party rallies. it's terrific that they are going to have counter rallies and the key word is satyrical. there is nothing about the tea party rallies. the things they are protesting are by a
the offensive against al qaeoda. >> they may seek to strike fear in us but they are no match for our resilience. we do not seccumb to fear nor will we squander the optimism that has always us as a people. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good afternoon you to, mike. earlier in the day as you know the president acknowledged it is a very difficult time for the untry but what was the message here? >> well, alex, first all, you know, not only is it a day of rembrances and commemoration but the president has declared this a daye of service as well. and to that end the president after he spoke with the pentagon went to a school, middle school here, the ron brown middle school in the rtheast quadrant of the city, and helped out for aew minutes painting a wall, help aing with renovations, and joe biden the vice president did the same or is scheduled to do the same in new york city. you're right, alex. today the president has a lot of -- a lot on his plate not only in observing 9/11 but in the context of which the 9/11 anniversary falls this year. there is the mosque controver
news deputy political director mark murray who joins us live from washington. let's break down what these results mean beginning in delaware. it was a huge tea party win, obviously. the question is, obviously, what will happen in the midterm? >> you know, richard, we just don't know right now. certainly the tea party has given republicans a jolt of enthusiasm and energy even in delaware. honestly, that's the republican party's biggest advantage heading into the midterm electrics. they're the ones who have the enthusiasm and the democrats don't. on the other hand, the tea party has given democrats an advantage in contests like delaware and kentucky and nevada where it's their candidates, the democratic candidates probably wouldn't have a chance to win or even be the favorites without the tea party candidates there. in delaware, for example, chris kuntz goes in as the fro front-runner in this contest. castle would have been the front-runner had he won. >> hey, mark, let's go to new york where we saw paladino come away with the winner there. >> that was just a shock. rick lazio has bee
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